This is a discussion on Phil Hellmuth - fish of fish? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Phil Hellmuth is one of the most exciting players in poker history. He knows how to make plays even from their losses. For TV history
The problem with Hellmuth, IMO, is that poker has changed a lot since he owned the 90s poker world, and I think he is unwilling to adjust. He so ****y he thinks if you don't play his game, your a terrible player. The skillcap is WAY higher than when he won the main event in '89
This hand with the german guy is not what happen everyday with hellmuth. How do you thing Hellmuth open hand in a week of tourmey?? Big big big and when he lost is because a little player with 10-4 s call a big raise not in position. Hellmuth cannot imagine these guy calling here with this type of hand because Hellmuth know the game. He know the % of luck with is hand. He lost the most of the time with a rookie player who thing he have the nuts before open the flop. lolll but sincerly I love the way hellmuth play poker. I dont read is book yet but this is my resolution for the years.
Everybody is rooting for guys like Hellmuth to lose. Usually not a gracious winner, and a crybaby when he loses. People watch WSOP just to see him get knocked out. That's how I felt about Kassouf last year.
I'd say Phil's every bit as good as he claims to be, 100 cashes at WSOP events, 49 final tables and 14 bracelets attest to that.
As for his act, I think it's mostly just that, an act. He's got a bit of showman in him evidenced by some of his grander entrances to the Main Event (Remember Emperor Hemuthicus? That was epic!) I also think that a lot of what's going on at the tables is part of the act, intended to put people off their game.
The man is a great poker player, and contrary to what many think in this thread I think that is just his personality dealing with bad beats like that. It's not the healthiest way of doing it but that's how he manages to cope with them and be one the best tournament players ever.